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October 15 — US Foreign Aid in the 21st Century: A View from Malawi

The average Americans thinks the US government spends as much as 30 percent of the federal budget on foreign aid. In fact poverty-focused aid is less than 1% of the federal budget. But what is used for? Is it effective? How could it be more effective?

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Viola Davis Award Winning Actress

Monday March 2

Viola Davis will be speaking on March 2, 2015.
Location and other details will be released closer to the date.

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Classically trained, award-winning actor, Viola Davis has conquered every medium from stage to television to film. From her Tony Award winning performances in King Hedley II and Fences to her Academy Award nominated performances in The Help and Doubt, Viola has burst through every barrier to become one of the most accomplished and celebrated actors today. She is currently starring in Shonda Rhimes’s ABC series How to Get Away with Murder, which premiered Fall 2014.

In The Help, Davis captivated audiences and critics alike with her portrayal of ‘Aibileen Clark.’ Set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960’s, the film chronicles the relationship between three different and extraordinary women who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. Davis earned a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, and was also nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and British Academy Film Award. Other notable film roles include Get On Up, Prisoner, Beautiful Creatures, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Eat Pray Love.

Rising out of “the absolute epitome of poverty,” Viola fell in love with theater early in high school as a form of escape. Her passion and growing abilities for acting would pay off with a full scholarship to the Young People’s School of the Performing Arts before attending the prestigious Julliard School for four years. In 1996, Viola hit the acting trifecta by earning roles on Broadway (Seven Guitars), TV (NYPD Blue), and film (The Substance of Fire). Equally passionate is Viola’s dedication to ensure that “women of color are part of the narrative,” on all artistic platforms. On raising the profiles and stories of young women of color, Viola says, “I want to do what Cicely Tyson did to me… she allowed me to have the visual of what it means to dream.” It’s this type of ideology and commitment that TIME saw when they named Viola as one of the “Most Influential People of 2012.”

From the lectern, Viola discusses her career and how overcoming adversities and preconceived restrictions have all contributed to reinforcing her abilities as an artist and becoming a stronger woman.

Race, diversity & interactions

Come and join the conversation and panel discussion exploring diversity among different institutions in the city. We will highlight a pair of organizations, explore their current practices for increasing diversity, and find out whether or not such increases in diversity brought the desired results.

INDYthinks about … how to end human trafficking

On November 4th, Provocate, INDYthinks and other groups will facilitate new and innovative partnerships to stop human trafficking at home and in other countries. Explore new ways to raise support for concrete projects helping victims of trafficking and preventing this sort of abuse all together. Brainstorm about how alternative spring breaks and short-term mission trips can have a uniquely positive impact. We’ll help connect those who are passionate about ending trafficking to volunteer and employment opportunities.

Distinguished Speakers dinner with Dalitso Kubalasa

The October 15th ICWA Distinguished Speaker was Dalitso Kingsley Kubalasa, the executive director of the Malawi Economic Justice Network. 60+ people listened as Mr. Kubalasa discussed how recent changes in the way the US government delivers foreign aid has shaped development efforts on the ground in Malawi.

Erin Lang’s “1.8 million minutes”

On October 8, more than 300 people joined together at Butler University to show support for the family of Abdul Rahman Kassig and the cause that drove him to risk his life in Syria. Kassig set up a nonprofit in Syria to help the world’s worst refugee crisis. Provocatrix Erin Lang has set up Benga International to help provide education to the children of Syrian refugees. She was asked to kick off the event with thoughts about the issue that motivated Abdul Rahman Kassig.

Congratulations to Provocatrix Erin Lang!

One of the best conferences for international relations junkies is the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Conference in DC. A few scholarships are offered to exceptional college students who are nominated by local world affairs councils. For the first a scholarship winner is from Indiana, and she’s one of ours. Erin Lang is one of the founding members of INDYthinks, and a proud member of Team Provocate.

European events

The crisis in the Euro-zone, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the boom and fragility of Central European economies, the future of Germany … these and other European topics will be discussed this fall.

Africa conversations

Learn about Africa, talk about Africa, listen to African music and eat African food. Meet Africans and friends of Africa.